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Mayors Bet Over Steelers-Broncos Playoff Game " CBS Denver
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has declared Friday "Orange Friday" in the Denver metro area. news: McGahee knows he can be the difference for Denver
Rocking a South Park hoodie in Denver's locker room after Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Broncos running back Willis McGahee likely had no intentions of sending a message to anyone with the words printed across his chest.

The Ghosts of Playoffs Past
To know where the Steelers stand as heavy favorites heading into Sunday, one need only walk in their shoes.

Opponent Rewind: Pittsburgh Steelers "
Pittsburgh traveled to Cleveland in Week 17 needing a win plus a Baltimore loss to secure the AFC North title and a first-round bye.

Bailey Looking for Takeaways "
Five third-down conversions against; 281 total yards surrendered; seven points allowed in a Week 17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Notebook: Situation Familiar to Allen
Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen was in a similar position in the Wild Card round last season on the New Orleans Saints staff

Secondary market ticket update: Plenty of seats available, for a price | First-and-Orange
I just did a quick check on both StubHub and the official Ticketmaster Ticket Exchange site, and both have thousands of tickets for Sunday’s playoff game between the Broncos and Steelers for sale.

Broncos to give fans orange towels on Sunday | First-and-Orange
The Broncos will be handing out orange towels before Sunday’s playoff game against Pittsburgh, a way to help mitigate the Terrible Towel-waving Steelers’ fanbase that travels so well.

Forget Broncos drafting a QB in first round | First-and-Orange
That does it. Landry Jones going back to Oklahoma for his senior season all but eliminates the Broncos from taking a quarterback in the first round.

Prater may not be enough to beat Steelers in overtime Sunday | First-and-Orange
The Broncos have played three overtime games this year and won them all on Matt Prater field goals.

Broncos have huge hurdles to clear in Sunday's game against the Steelers - The Denver Post
The Broncos' hurdles this week are well documented for the franchise's first playoff game since 2005.

Broncos not reinventing offense for Steelers - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
From armchair quarterbacks to Hall of Famers, everyone has an opinion on how to fix Tim Tebow’s recent funk.

Broncos coach John Fox learned well from Steelers' Chuck Noll - The Denver Post
Broncos coach John Fox began his NFL coaching career in 1989 at Pittsburgh when he was hired to be the Steelers' defensive coordinator and secondary coach. He served three seasons under Chuck Noll.

Broncos sport NFL's top ground game but TDs rare - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The Denver Broncos boast the best running game in the NFL. The numbers are a bit deceiving, though. They pile up yards on the ground but not points.

Tim Tebow, Broncos will have tough time preparing for, and beating, Steelers' zone blitz - The Denver Post
Q: Has Tim Tebow seen enough of the zone blitz to be fully prepared for Pittsburgh's defense Sunday? Can the Broncos simulate the zone blitz well enough in practice to help Tebow?

Von Miller's motor still operating after long rookie season with Denver Broncos - The Denver Post
Outside linebacker Von Miller has heard the term "rookie wall," but he insisted Wednesday that he hasn't hit it.

Von Miller's injury limits Broncos' defense - The Denver Post
Q: It seems to me that since (linebacker) Von Miller has been injured, the defense, especially the pass rush, has not been as dynamic. What is his status for Sunday and what are your thoughts on his injury? news: Suggs: 'God had to save Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos'
If there's a crowded P.O. Box in Denver where citizens apply for entry into the Tim Tebow Fan Club, they're still waiting on paperwork from Terrell Suggs.

Wildcard Weekend

NFL playoffs: There's often a wild card in deck -
Keep a close eye on this weekend's NFL games, because there's probably a Super Bowl participant in this round — even though the Packers, 49ers, Patriots and Ravens are not involved.

Roethlisberger practices; Pouncey doesn't | National Football Post
Steelers concerned about center's status for Sunday's game in Denver.

2012 NFL playoffs -- Ben Roethlisberger of Pittsburgh Steelers practices, still bothered by ankle sprain - ESPN
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger practiced Thursday but remains bothered by a sprained left ankle heading into Sunday's wild card game at Denver.

Big run by Tebow or Yates wouldn't be first - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
Getting to the Super Bowl would not be an unprecedented historical accomplishment for either Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow or Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates.

Redman's faced obstacles tougher than Broncos - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The lawyers cost money but they could keep her son out of jail, so Leslie Redman kept paying them until there was nothing left and she had to declare bankruptcy.

Broncos owned fourth quarter in first playoff vs. Steelers - The Denver Post
With the Broncos in the playoffs for the first time since the 2005 season, The Denver Post will look back each day this week at a previous appearance.

Steelers center Pouncey says 'ankle isn't feeling right' - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Maurkice Pouncey`s availability for Sunday has come into question as the Steelers` Pro Bowl center continues to have trouble with his left ankle.

Steelers expect no defensive drop-off with Mundy - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Ryan Mundy started a routine this year in which he watches game film and visualizes himself playing in the situation that's he watching.

Steelers taking the right approach
The atmosphere in the Steelers locker room on Thursday was the same as it’s been all season, with players joking around, shooting pool, having fun and being loose.

Back in the Saddle Again: The Steelers Head to the Post-Season - Behind the Steel Curtain
In Michael's preview of the Wild Card round he expressed great confidence that the Steelers would defeat the Broncos handily.

5 Burning Questions Steelers vs. Broncos Wild Card Edition - Behind the Steel Curtain
The Cincinnati Benglas failed to take care of business (no surprise there) but the Steelers victory over the Browns gave them a 12-4 record more than gets them into the playoffs. It also gives us plenty of material for our 5 Burning Questions Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos Wild Card Edition.

Denver Broncos Videos

Wild Card Week - Thursday: McCoy
Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy talks about getting ready for Dick LeBeau and the Steeler defense.

Wild Card Week - Thursday: Allen
Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen talks about getting ready for Sunday's game against Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers.

NFL Videos: Dumervil sounds off
04:02 – Broncos Pro Bowl defensive end Elvis Dumervil stops by to chat about Denver's roller coaster season, Tim Tebow's leadership and facing the Steelers in the AFC Wild -Card Game.

NFL Videos: Week 18: Steelers vs. Broncos Preview
03:24 – The Steelers' defense intends on stopping Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, when Pittsburgh travels to Denver for an AFC Wild Card Game.

NFL Videos: Open Locker Room: Dysfunctional teammate
05:26 – How much does a lack of chemistry in a locker room affect a team's success? Willis McGahee and Roddy White discuss.

Running backs will determine Steelers vs. Broncos - Video -'s Andrew Perloff says despite featuring star QBs, the game between the Steelers and the Broncos will come down to the play of Denver's Willis McGahee and Pittsburgh's Isaac Redman.

The Press: The media coverage of Tim Tebow - Video -'s Jon Wertheim, David Epstein, Richard Deitsch and Maggie Gray examine the media coverage of Tim Tebow and discuss how much longer it will last.

NFL News

NFL veterans seek elusive Super Bowl titles –
Several likely Hall of Famers will suit up this weekend in search of an elusive championship, including Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, 35, and Denver Broncos defensive backs Champ Bailey, 33, and Brian Dawkins, 38, who have 31 Pro Bowl selections among them.

Oddsmakers think Packers will beat Patriots in Super Bowl
Ready to start pondering your postseason parlays? With the playoffs set to start, oddsmakers are indicating the smart money is on the Packers beating the Patriots.

Raiders to hire Packers executive Reggie McKenzie as GM
The Raiders will hire Packers Director of Football Operations Reggie McKenzie in a General Manager capacity.

Chargers promote Pagano to defensive coordinator job | ProFootballTalk
The Chargers won’t be going after any big names at defensive coordinator.

Norv Turner defends decision to dump Manusky, promote Pagano | ProFootballTalk
Earlier this week, Chargers president Dean Spanos found himself facing a barrage of questions regarding the decision to stick with coach Norv Turner after five seasons.

Eagles, Chargers send their fans mixed messages - ESPN
The message to fans is that losing is acceptable. Or that next year -- next year! -- will be the year. Or that no one else out there is any better than the man already at the helm.

Go Broncos!